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Counsellor in Oncology - Band 6

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37.5 hours per week
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University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
£28,050 - £36,644 per annum
16/11/2018 23:59

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire is located in the West Midlands and is home to one of the largest teaching hospitals in England. Our mission to Care, Achieve and Innovate is demonstrated in our reputation for innovation, teaching and research and high quality patient care. University Hospital in Coventry is one of the most modern healthcare facilities in Western Europe with £200 million of new medical and research equipment and a hospital that is at the forefront of digital imaging and technology.

We provide general acute hospital services to approximately 500,000 people from Coventry and Rugby and specialist hospital services to over one million people from Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond. The Trust has a revenue budget of approximately £473 million, we employ 5,639 staff, manage 1,380 beds and 32 operating theatres.

The Trust is made up of the following hospitals:
University Hospital Coventry 
Hospital of St Cross – Rugby 

Having successfully recruited to one of the two posts we are readvertising for the remaining post. This is an exciting opportunity for a brand new Macmillan funded Band 6 counsellor post to improve the lives of patients and families affected by cancer.

The post forms part of the expansion of UHCW's Oncology Psychology Service. The service was established 18 months ago to provide much needed counselling, psychological therapy and psychologically focused care to cancer patients treated by UHCW clinicians under the care of the Arden Centre, as well as providing support, supervision and consultation to staff.

We are seeking a highly experienced and motivated counsellor to join our small but dynamic team; we are passionate about making a difference in cancer care and supporting people to live well with and beyond cancer, including towards end of life. The Oncology Psychology Service is part of the growing Clinical Health Psychology team working with people struggling with the impact of their physical health condition or diagnosis.

We are looking for an accredited and experienced counsellor, preferably with experience of working in physical health conditions who is comfortable working both on inpatient wards and in outpatient clinics. We are looking for someone with excellent communication skills and a commitment to work as part of the multi-disciplinary team. As well as providing the opportunity for direct patient work, there are also opportunities for teaching and  supervision.

This is a Macmillan branded post. As a valued Macmillan Professional you will benefit from the support and opportunities offered by the Macmillan community so that you can provide the best treatment and care for people affected by cancer. For more information please visit the Macmillan website.

Previous Applicants need not apply.

The provisional date for interview is Friday 30th November 2018.

Recruiting to Values

To ensure that we provide world-class patient care, UHCW recruits people that can demonstrate the Trust’s Values and Behaviours in their everyday life. Therefore, if you are invited to interview, you will be undertaking a Values Based Interview/Assessment, which explores not only what you do but how and why you do it.

Before applying, we encourage you to review the Trust’s Values and Behaviours Framework and Values Based Recruitment Factsheet which can be accessed on the right side of this page under the job description.

The Supporting Information Section in your application should therefore reflect your understanding of the Trust’s Values and associated Behaviours. You will be expected to provide us with examples from work experience and/or personal life which demonstrate these values through your behaviour.

All correspondence will be sent by email; please check your account regularly including your Junk/SPAM folders.

If you are invited to attend interview you will be asked to set up an account with the Trac recruitment system in order to confirm your interview time

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

The posts will be based mainly at the University Hospital Coventry.

For further details please contact Liz Coombes, Counselling Psychologist, Oncology Psychology Service. 02476 9627478. Email:


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